Fun with clematis

  We love species clematis for their interesting seed heads…in addition to the flowers.  Here is one of our experiments using a dasylrion as the support structure for the clematis.  We just took this photo showing the interesting three dimensional … Continue reading

Clematis – different twists on an old favorite

Clematis ‘Sapphire Indigo’ is such a great plant in the perennial garden.  This non-vining clematis makes a short clump that flowers for us from spring through summer. It weaves nicely into nearby neighbors making delightful combinations. Another of our favorites … Continue reading

Aruncus ‘Misty Lace’ and Clematis recta ‘Lime Close’

  If you’re looking to add a touch of white to your late spring/early summer garden, here are a couple of photos I took on my recent trip to Walters Gardens in Michigan.  The first is one of my favorites, … Continue reading

Winter-blooming clematis, Clematis cirrhosa

One of the real joys of the winter gardening season is the Mediterranean native Clematis cirrhosa.  Here is how it looks today, draped across the railing on our house deck.  Clematis cirrhosa blooms from now until early spring, so you … Continue reading

Clematis ‘Sapphire Indigo’

Looking really good in the gardens now is Clematis ‘Sapphire Indigo’.  This unique hybrid between the vining mailbox clematis and the small-flowered bush clematis has been superb in our trials, flowering virtually non-stop all summer.  Instead of making a vine, … Continue reading

Clematis integrifolia ‘Rose Colored Glasses’

I hope you’ve grown some of the amazing bush clematis, including Clematis integrifolia ‘Rose Colored Glasses’ from the gardens here at Juniper Level.  I love this plant which continues to flower sporadically through the summer.  Mature height is 20″ to 24″ … Continue reading

Oh Cezanne, Don’t You Cry For Me

Ok, the spelling of “Susanna” is slightly different, but don’t let that deter you from growing one of the greatest groundcover clematis that we’ve ever grown. Yes, that’s right…no mailbox post or staking required. We’ve been growing this amazing, compact … Continue reading

Thursday Morning Podcast

Nature provides beauty and interest in the garden year round. Not just from it’s floral displays, but often the seed pods are as interesting. Here are some seed pods from the garden this week.

Horticultural Bright Lights Symposium

We hope you’re making plans to attend the upcoming Horticultural Bright Lights Symposium in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC.  The dates are Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2016…830am – 330pm each … Continue reading